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LARGO — Commission chambers were filled with positive vibes June 18 as the city of Largo welcomed new employees, honored current ones and bid farewell to a staple of City Hall.

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City leaders last month rejected a proposal to lower residential speed limits citywide to 25 mph in favor of a new policy addressing concerns on a case-by-case basis. Engineers presented that new traffic calming and speed limit reduction policy to a pleased group of commissioners June 11 during a work session at City Hall.

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LARGO — Last year, the city was only a veto away from receiving $1 million from the state for its Rosery Road reconstruction project. Therefore, entering this year’s state legislative session, officials were optimistic about the possibility of receiving funding for at least one of its five a…

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A groundbreaking for Largo's first mixed-use project, West Bay Lofts, marked a milestone for the city and also brought new hope for the revitalization of its downtown. The $48.8 million project includes a five-story building on the 500 block of West Bay Drive and a three-story building on the 600 block, and city officials hope it will be the catalyst the area needs.

LARGO — About six months ago, Largo’s Code Enforcement Division rebranded itself as the Community Standards Division in an effort to highlight collaboration with property owners rather than confrontation.

Jayion McCluster has plenty to look forward to in the coming years. The soon-to-be Largo senior is one of the most highly rated inside linebackers in the entire country and announced his commitment to continue his football and academic careers at Florida State University on May 1.

A decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran urged attendees at a Memorial Day ceremony at Largo Central Park to keep fallen Americans in their minds and their families in their hearts. “For their ultimate sacrifice allows us to embrace and to celebrate the freedom we enjoy today,” said Rev. Bob Swick, the keynote speaker at the May 27 event.

LARGO — Largo leaders hit the brakes May 21 on a proposal to lower residential speed limits by 5 mph throughout the city, but they also gave the green light to a new process that would allow the city to tackle neighborhood concerns on a case-by-case basis.

LARGO — The sale of a property the city has owned for almost 66 years has paved the way for a residential townhome project that officials say fits in nicely with their vision for downtown Largo.

LARGO — In recent years, city officials have touted the transformation of the U.S. 19 and East Bay Drive/Roosevelt Boulevard intersection, citing major developments such as the Tri-City Plaza and Walmart Supercenter.

The Clearwater-Largo Road area is proving to be a hotspot for housing developers of late. Less than a month after the groundbreaking of a 224-unit apartment complex along the corridor, city leaders approved a pair of redevelopment incentives April 16 that paved the way for the construction of a 255-unit complex on the northern end of the road.

LARGO — Commissioners voted 6-1 on April 16 to address the “great blackout of 2019” when they signed off on a $100,000 contract with a vendor to repair and replace several inoperable LED signs at facilities around the city.

Since the private sector is showing few signs of life in  downtown Largo, city leaders have decided to light the spark themselves when they announced a $25 million five-year plan to move City Hall back downtown by constructing a mixed-use municipal complex with a public parking garage.

LARGO — HCA Healthcare’s Largo Medical Center recently announced that Adam Rudd will be returning to the area as the hospital’s new chief executive officer.

LARGO — City of Largo Assistant Finance Director Rebecca Spuhler probably felt like a million bucks April 8 when she checked on the status of the city’s FEMA reimbursement request for costs incurred related to Hurricane Irma.

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